This week, I had the chance after the last test in Barcelona to interview Mark Webber about testing so far and his thoughts on the season ahead, particularly his ongoing battle with Sebastian Vettel.
He makes some very interesting observations about the Pirelli tyres and how they have made F1 like a ‘different category’. He also talks about the things he has taken from last season’s campaign, which will make him a stronger competitor this year.
When asked about whether it will be ‘happy families’ with team mate Sebastian Vettel – given the aggro that existed between them last year – he accepts that they will be pushing each other in the same way as last year, but makes some surprising suggestions about the way the races might unfold between them.
Mentally Webber seems to have hit the reset button. His attitude going into this season is that he did a lot of things right last year, he just needs to chip away at a few small things which can make the difference.
It was often the case that there was a scant few hundredths of a second between him and Vettel in qualifying and this often decided the weekend. Making more of those occasions go in his favour will surely be the key area to work on.
(Still images: Red Bull)